May 19, 2015 Subject:
Very Satisying...fills the need
Every spring I crave PigPen, all the way from my toes up through my kundalini. This Charlie Miller does the trick. Ahhhhhhh, so good!
April 10, 2015 Subject:
January 2, 2014 Subject:
Come Back Baby
With a few notable exceptions;
1) Jerry on Baby Blue
2) Bob- Traditional Minglewood
The only one with serious mojo here is Pigpen.
I don't know if PIG was born a blues man
but he was already a boss blues man when the Trip began.
Any doubt listen to PIG
on Come Back Baby.
November 5, 2011 Subject:
The Grateful Dead: Show #27
The band's looking more and more like the Dead we're familiar with. Mindbender, It Hurts Me Too, Viola Lee... All fantastic. And Cream Puff War, Sittin' On Top Of The World, Good Lovin'?.. When did they enter the picture? Extremely novel for it's time... One of their many famous "right on" shows of the '60's. Jerry still has his classic "nervous" (for lack of a better word) sound. I liked just about everything about this show.
August 10, 2011 Subject:
Thanks Charlie Miller for the upgrade.
June 8, 2010 Subject:
Check it out.
Great soundboard once again Mr. Miller. Old school dead. Very fun versions of cream puff war and viola lee blues. Both sets are enjoyable! :)
June 3, 2010 Subject:
I've always thought that the '66 Rider was superior to any other year, the one on Vintage being perhaps the best. The energy level more than makes up for any improvement in musicianship or instrumentality that occurred in the following years.
While we're on the subject, the only song whose newer, slowed down version I prefer to the original, speedy version is Cold Rain and Snow. I also prefer the '69 St. Stephen over the slightly speedier '68 version.
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
May 8, 2010 Subject:
It's A Sin, Frank
It's like, a sin, man, y'dig?
That this music was never more widely appreciated, yet, in a strange way, I'm thankful it wasn't, for if it had been we would likely not be privy to it right now on this date in May 2010. It would have been locked away in a vault somewhere's in Hollywood. So, how's that Beatles Live workin' out fer ya?
This is a dazzling example of just how perfectly free and unaffected this band was in those early days ~ when I was seventeen.
Frank Sinatra hated bands like the Grateful Dead, because, by sheer volume, they were going to put his out of style. And not to begrudge Frank ~ he was great and all, but where are his 7,000 live recordings available?
This is another Bear masterpiece from that era: Vocals left channel; Instruments right. A phenomenon indigenous to that time. It really works well in the smaller ballrooms and converted movie palaces.
Cream Puff War is simply astounding.
Come Back Baby is simply astounding.
But the real killer on this presentation is the frenetic yet catatonic version of Silver Threads, a minor AM radio folk music hit in 1962 by the Springfields.
All of us at that time were still listening to top 40 AM radio in the car; especially Jerry. Jerry was an avid AM radio listener. Bobby, too.
This is an amazingly beautiful recording of this magnificent recording. Everyone all along the line doing their level best. How could you ask for more?
Hats off to Augie Owsley a.k.a. Bear. He knew how to capture this band with minimal approach.
He didn't need to place 24 mikes on the drums. He ran direct and panned left right vocals instruments. The separation is frank.